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I bought Chanel Coco Noir a few months ago when there was 10% off all fragrances in Boots.
I had wanted this fragrance for a while. I love the bottle with its black reflective glass and I had tried the scent in store and been impressed with it.
~ Price and availability ~
I bought the 100ml bottle of this eau de parfum, which cost me £95.40! The full price was £106.00!
The 100ml bottle is available from Boots for £106.00.
The 50ml bottle is available from Boots for £75.00.
This is the most expensive perfume in my collection. It is not available in any other size bottles.
~ Bottle ~
I love the bottle. I think it is beautiful. It is made from black reflective glass and is rectangular and quite flat. It is the same shape as the bottles for other Chanel fragrance releases.
The multifaceted black glass stopper really makes the bottle.
On the front of the bottle is a rectangular label with a gold border with the words, 'Coco Noir Chanel Paris' on it.
The black reflective glass gets fingerprints on very easily and I find myself constantly wanting to polish it so that it looks perfect.
The bottle has a classic design and the black glass makes it more interesting.
~ Scent ~
The scent is not as dark as you might expect from a scent called Noir.
It does have a spicy scent to it, but it is not a harsh spiciness, it is hushed by a creamy vanilla note.
The top notes are grapefruit and Calabrian bergamot
The heart notes are rose, narcissus, rose geranium leaf and jasmine.
The base notes are tonka bean, sandalwood, vanilla, patchouli and white musk frankincense.
I can detect the grapefruit when the scent is first sprayed and then there is a strong sharp scent, which leans towards being floral, but to be honest reminds me of damp, dark underpasses where people have felt an urgent need for a toilet break on their way home from the pub.
The urine note dies down fairly quickly revealing a sharp floral scent. The floral notes are reminiscent of Coco Mademoiselle, which was a previous release from Chanel, but the florals are a little bit overpowered by the spiciness in this scent.
I like the scent once it has dried down and the note that reminds me of stale urine dies down. It is pleasant, but it is probably my least favourite Chanel fragrance in my collection.
It is dark in that it is spicy and the floral notes are quite sharp, but I don't think it has that sensual mysteriousness that I would have expected.
I think it is probably best suited to night time wear, but I haven't chosen it to wear for a night out since buying it.
I think it is best suited to more mature women as it is quite spicy and heavy.
I have found that it lasts around 6 hours on my skin, which isn't too bad.
~ Conclusion ~
I absolutely love the bottle for this fragrance, but it is a very expensive ornament!
I do think it is overpriced. It costs around £10-£15 more than the other Chanel fragrances in similarly designed bottles.
The scent is pleasant once it has dried down, but initially has a harsh scent like that of stale pee! It dries down much nicer and it is spicy, floral and quite powdery.
I haven't worn this scent very often. I am glad I bought this fragrance, but I don't think I would buy it again. It is not as nice as Coco Mademoiselle, Coco, No.5 or No,19.
One of my favourite scents is Chanel Coco Mademoiselle but when I saw Chanel Coco Noir Eau de Parfum for sale in the airport I thought I'd give it a try. Chanel have always delivered for me with their scents - No5 being another gorgeously classic scent, so I thought that this would be another winner.
Unfortunately I didn't get to smell it before I bought it. Call it an airport impulse buy if you like - I'd forgotten to bring my beloved Mademoiselle on holiday and didn't want to double up on it hence me hastily picking up the Noir, thinking that really Chanel could do no wrong and that once I got home I'd have a choice of two Chanel scents (and solving the no-scent holiday issue).
Certainly as an impulse buy it's not cheap, at £85 for 50ml (against the £89 I've seen in non airport shops) but Chanel scents are something I buy yearly and don't take their purchases lightly, trust me! I even use cheaper 'day scents' keeping my favourite perfumes for non work and mundane tasks, so as to ensure it lasts me.
Chanel Coco Noir Eau de Parfum comes in a black and gold box and is cellophaned. Inside the box the bottle is crafted in black glass with a black and gold label. It looks so similar to No5 and Mademoiselle in terms of style you'd be forgiven for thinking all they did was remake it in black (in fact, I'm quite sure of it). But this may be for brand identity and to mark the fact they're all in the same range. I sort of wished for something different, as designers now are so creative with their bottles, but it does look minimalist and smart and is sturdy enough to travel with.
The bottle, under it's heavy lid, has a gold spray pump, which dispenses a light cloud of scent, which I prefer, I don't like being soaked in perfume! The scent itself is described in the following way -
Top Notes of Lemon and Bergamot (Quite light and fragrant)
Heart Notes of Narcissus, Rose, Jasmine and Geranium (Heavily flowery)
Base Notes of Tonka Beans, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Olibanum and Patchouli (Slightly musky and peppery)
For me the scent is oddly light, I know this is an eau de parfum, but it lacks any identifiable punch, anything that marks it out as a Chanel scent - to be honest, this smells ever so slightly cheap. It's like a watered down, market knock-off of a proper Chanel scent. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement - I could have bought a £20 'celebrity' scent which has more fragrance to it.
It's just too light, and though the flowery, vanilla scent remains on you a good five or six hours, it just lacks anything about it - certainly when I am wearing Mademoiselle people either say 'oh, you're wearing Mademoiselle, I love that' or they ask me what scent I am wearing so they can buy it. With Chanel Coco Noir Eau de Parfum, it's just too wishy washy to ever have anyone make comment on it.
If you want a nice, light scent with some staying power, which doesn't feel like a watered down Chanel scent, try Chanel Chance, or Armani Aqua De Gio, both of these are much better scents which have real presence without being overpowering. I will use up the bottle of Chanel Coco Noir Eau de Parfum, but it's not my preferred scent by a country mile and for a scent that is so comparatively expensive it's just very disappointing and not at all worth it.
Overall I'd give Chanel Coco Noir Eau de Parfum the following ratings per category :
Price - 2 / 5, you do expect a Chanel scent to be expensive and normally you don't mind as you're paying for quality, but you do resent it here!
Packaging - 3 / 5, perfectly acceptable but feels like they've made no effort, it's the same bottle in a different colour. Would have liked to have seen a new design element here.
Scent - 1.5 / 5, I really do find it disappointing. It's watery and weak and lacks any unique wow factor.
Staying Power - 4 / 5, you can still detect it on the skin up to 6 hours later.
Overall - I think even though it scored a bit higher on the staying power and the packaging was 'OK' the main issue is the scent, the actual product, and that's why I can only award it a 2 stars out of 5 rating.
Lesson learned - just because you like a few scents by a designer doesn't mean they will all be as high a standard. And ALWAYS try before you buy!
It is not often that Chanel get it wrong but they did with this fragrance as it has a woody flat smell to it which is very expensive and not great in my opinion. It starts off well and I liked the initial zesty feel to it but as it matures it starts to lose its appeal. This was a gift however at £89 for a 50ml bottle it was an expensive gift that fell flat even if the intent was a good one as I am a fan of Chanel fragrances and for me this one is the exception to the rule.
The bottle is a very chunky coal black colour which I think is quite stylish looking, it is a substantial bottle with solid lines and a traditional Chanel design to it. The key notes in this fragrance are;
Top Notes Lemon and Bergamot
Heart Notes Narcissus, Rose, Jasmine and Geranium
Base Notes Tonka Beans, sandalwood, vanilla, olibanum and patchouli.
As I said before I like the zesty citrus smell that is initially released upon application however as this begins to mature it moves from a fruity aroma to a more floral one however the fragrance here lacks any sort of depth for me, you can certainly detect the jasmine in the fragrance however it lacks any real power and seems to be rather weak and slightly insipid. After a while the more musky woodiness of the sandalwood begins to emerge and for me this again seems to lack real body and is a bit light weight.
This fragrance is a bit of a disappointment for me, given the price I would expect something a little more refined and with more strangth, it is like this has been designed to act as a back ground fragrance, something that the wearer can detect but is very subtle and understated, the problem here is that there is not enough fragrance and what I can detect is rather woody and a little weak for my liking. Maybe it just does not combine well with my skin as not all fragrances are suitable for every skin type however I cannot remember having such problems with any other Chanel fragrances. The staying power is not great, maybe 6 hours at the most, not that I was in a rush to top it off.
This is not one I would recommend especially given the price.
This perfume comes in a beautiful chunky rectangular bottle which made from a dark black glass. It has a traditional square stopper like you might find from Chanel no.5. This very dark bottle makes me think of the glamour of the 1930s because the lines feel very art deco to me, as does the choice of colours. It has a real elegance and mystery about it and this makes it one very intriguing perfume.
The fragrance itself is even more an enigma. It starts off with some lovely fresh citrus notes, made up of bergamot and lemon. This is undercut by a soft sweetness which reminds me of vanilla and also a warming floral note. This combination of scents is really quite lovely and very light and fresh which is fantastic because that's exactly what I look for in a perfume. That said, the initial scent is not exactly what I would conjure up when someone says the name 'noir' to me as it feels like a lovely soft daytime scent.
This quickly mellows though into a very sweet and sticky fruit fragrance. The initial citrus flavours are tempered by geranium, narcissus, rose and jasmine which make up the heart notes. These soft fruity and floral fragrances make up an altogether more rich, sensual and expensive smell which forms the centre of this perfume. It is instantly recognisable as Chanel and has a real sense of elegance to it.
The base notes which are left when the heart notes begin to dissipate are tonka bean, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla and olibanum. This is an interesting mixture and gives the perfume a realy sense of mystery and darkness. It feels much more earthy and deep and the scents are really quite rich. This finishes off this perfume and really lives up to the name of this scent, giving it a darker edge that you almost don't come to expect after the initial notes.
I have to say that this isn't my style of perfume as I far prefer very powdery, floral scents which have a real sense of timeless elegance and femininity. This perfume is elegant but it has a real sensual and dark edge to it which gives it a very unique smell. It is perfect for night time and is definitely one of those fragrances that will make you feel very sexy but I don't find I want to wear it all the time.
This perfume is pretty expensive, as are the majority of Chanel scents, and you'll probably find yourself paying upward of £60 for a bottle. I definitely wouldn't just splash out on it because the scent is pretty unusual. I would say, however, that it might be worth getting yourself a sample and testing it out to see if it is something you'd want to wear regularly as mine doesn't get all that much use.
Overall, a stunning perfume but a little too dark for me.
Group: Floral woody musk
As I now live in a rural area, I occasionally bid on job lots of commercial fragrance samples on ebay to keep up with testing new releases. In one of the lots I won was Chanel's latest female fragrance called Coco Noir.
The bottle is the immediately recognizable chunky, rectangular Chanel No.5 type bottle with a square stopper and Chanel seal. Chanel houses their Eau de Parfum editions in this format, the difference being the colour which this time is black to go with the name 'Noir'. The name and the dark, opaque bottle do bring the original Coco in mind the house's emblematic and inimitable dark and spicy oriental fragrance launched in 1984.
Top notes: bergamot, lemon
Coco Noir starts off fresh, fruity and citrussy à la Coco Mademoiselle with a similar, slightly cloying sweetness and a somewhat animalic white floral overtone. A warm, grassy whiff of patchouli appears and fleetingly interweaves with the top. It's somehow reminding me of Patou Forever and its fruity jasmine similar to the strong smell of overripe fruit bordering on rotten.
Heart notes: geranium, narcissus, rose, jasmine
The ripe and sticky fruits clear up fairly quickly and Coco Noir settles into a soft, Chanel-type citric and fruity cocktail on a bed of white florals common to many Chanel-made flower accord: sweet, luminous, posh, expensive smelling and clean with a soapy-musky overtone. The accord is modern though and has a streak à la Chanel Allure or Allure Sensuelle and even traces of Chance wrapped up in a sheer and slightly bitter patchouli overlay.
The accord resembles Coco Mademoiselle's heart a lot, only it's fresher, less cloying and earthier It's also lacking Mademoiselle's potent musky sweetness and being thinner than its counterpart, it doesn't last as near as long. Its projection is intimate and within 4 hours its sillage is soft and close to the skin resembling a mix between sweet and plush jasmine - rose flavoured elegant Allure and heavy-on-the patchouli frivolous Coco Mademoiselle.
Base notes: tonka bean, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, olibanum
The phase I enjoy the most if when a powdery and incensey rose emerges and blends in beautifully together while I'm still able to pick each of them out of mixture. A short while later, the tonka becomes fairly prominent and even intensifies with time, its spicy hay-like and vanillic nuance trying to reproduce the tobacco effect from the original Coco. The result is a lighter and softer, ambery and woody incense accord remixed from Coco but what a poor shadow it is even compared to Coco Eau de Toilette.
I do like the leathery, soft and powdery resins of Coco Noir that are modern and balanced but also somehow boring and flat. The only plus for me is that at least Coco Noir stayed away from overusing the vanilla and geared towards a darker, incensy feel. It's not something I'd call dark but at least it's somewhat darker than Coco Mademoiselle. The downside is that it doesn't last beyong 6 - 7 hours on my skin which is a shame for an Eau de Parfum from Chanel.
As you've probably gathered, Coco Noir is a badly and hastily executed mish-mash disguised in a new bottle. It draws on the dark and expensive - looking packaging and takes the common signature of the Chanel family of classics floral oriental Coco Mademoiselle, Allure and Coco and recycles them. I never liked remixes and even less so when it comes to perfumes especially from a reputed house like Chanel.
While trying to capture the novice audience it's sadly sacrificing its legacy in the process and losing that special, exclusive trait that made Chanel to what it is now from the first day it was born. Today it's all about profit and mediocre mass production. I cannot even call Coco Noir a new fragrance but a watered-down remix of Coco and Coco Mademoiselle and Allure largely reused, lightened up and recycled into a black bottle under a misleading name that's neither noir nor chanel but an insipid and unoriginal counterfait made by Chanel.
There is no worthy or creative idea behind Coco Noir and I think saying that like all classic companies they have to keep up to date and modern is merely an excuse. There's nothing stopping Chanel or others from developing a wonderful, new and original scent worthy enough to be part of the modern classic Chanel family. To close, for me Coco is the real Noir, Coco Noir is a usurper that just like Chanel Bleu steals the limelight from the gorgeous, inimitable and classy big sister. Hopefully the drooping sales (100 quid for a bottle Christmas or not?) will justify what a mess Chanel got themselves into.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Available from September 2012, prices in shops and online are very similar and range between £99 - £105 / Chanel Coco Noir Eau De Parfum Spray 50ml
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Group: Floral Woody Musk